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Los Angeles Kings vs. Washington Capitals - 3/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (37-22-7) at Los Angeles Kings (36-25-5)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Kings -130 / Washington Capitals +118 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNB, FSWHD, TSN

The Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday in NHL action at the Staples Center.

The Washington Capitals could use a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 40 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 45 assists and John Carlson has 185 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 137 goals on 1,478 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 50 goals on 645 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 12 games.

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Los Angeles Kings vs. Washington Capitals - 3/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Kings look for another big victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 27 goals, Drew Doughty has 36 assists and Dustin Brown has 172 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 120 goals on 1,515 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed one goal on 42 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 39-19 in their last 58 Thursday games and 60-26 in their last 86 games playing on 1 days rest. The Kings are 1-6 in their last 7 Thursday games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Capitals are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles, 3-11 in the last 14 meetings and the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The Washington Capitals have lost some of that steam the last several weeks, as they're no longer the automatic pick and a team scared to bet against. The Los Angeles Kings are playing some of their best hockey of the season and seem to be a more confident bunch ever since beating Las Vegas in back to back days. The Kings usually play well when they respect who they're playing, and they've owned the Capitals over the years. I'll take Los Angeles and the cheap price at home.

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